Wigwam Introduces New Recycling Program

Read the full story from Wigwam.

Most people know what we do at Wigwam. We make socks. But what’s more important is the how and the why we do it. We are not only focused on seeing our product on pegs at retail but carefully consider the whole process from start to finish. Where we source our yarn, how we take that yarn and knit it into socks and what happens to unused or discarded yarn drives our manufacturing process. The protection of our environment and adhering to sustainable and safe manufacturing practices has been a part of our DNA for 112 years.

But like anything, there is always room from improvement. Although we have been using solar energy to heat water in our dye house and motion sensor lights in our distribution center to reduce energy consumption for many years, a large amount of socks that didn’t meet quality standards have been destroyed and discarded. Within a few weeks of stepping in as Wigwam’s new President and CEO last Fall, Tom Wheeler discovered that this part of our process could immediately be improved.

 

Author: Laura B.

I'm the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center's Sustainability Information Curator, which is a fancy way of saying embedded librarian. I'm also Executive Director of the Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable. When not writing for Environmental News Bits, I'm an avid reader. Visit Laura's Reads to see what I'm currently reading.

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